Sunday, April 23, 2006

A fresh curfew in Nepal capital

The authorities in Nepal have imposed another daytime curfew in the capital, Kathmandu, in an effort to quell continuing anti-royal protests. The order was issued after more than 100-thousand people defied a similar restriction on Saturday to demonstrate in the city centre. At least 150 protesters were injured when police fired rubber bullets and tear gas. BBC News reports that the opposition has rejected the King's offer to form an all-party government, and many are demanding a republic. Nepalese Maoist rebels have joined protesters in rejecting King Gyanendra's democracy plan. Sunday's curfew will last from nine in the morning to eight in the evening.

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